Bumblebees

Biologen belegen flächendeckendes Hummelsterben

In einer Langzeitstudie belegen Forscher einen flächendeckenden und massiven Schwund zahlreicher Hummelarten in Europa und Nordamerika. Dies hat auch Folgen für den Menschen, da Hummeln für die Pflanzenbestäubung ähnlich wichtig sind wie Honigbienen. Sie sind weltweit mit die wichtigsten Helfer in der Landwirtschaft und ohne sie würden ganze Landstriche niemals erblühen.

Bumblebees are dying across North America and Europe

Bumblebee populations in North America and Europe have plummeted, according to a study published Thursday in the journal Science. The number of areas populated by bumblebees has fallen 46 percent in North America and 17 percent in Europe. The loss of bumblebee populations is alarming because they play a central role in pollinating many plants, including key crops such as tomatoes and cranberries.

WUR als spreekbuis van Bayer en Syngenta

In de jaren negentig kregen universiteiten het credo van de marktwerking opgelegd. De overheid bepaalde dat wetenschappelijk onderzoek niet langer alleen uit publieke middelen moest worden gefinancierd, maar voortaan ook deels met extern geld. Dat betekende dat universiteiten de boer op moesten. Voor Wageningse onderzoekers betekende dat het begin van een innige samenwerking met chemiegiganten.

Bees - among most vital creatures on Earth - join endangered species list

Recent studies have shown a dramatic decline in the bee population – with a nearly 90% decrease in recent years – placing the insect on the endangered species list.

The use of uncontrolled pesticides, the continuation of deforestation and lack of cipher flowers (bee food) are the main reasons for the recent population nosedive.

ZDF berichtet über Bayer, Bauern und die Bienen

In der Landwirtschaft sind Insektengifte weit verbreitet. Manche Substanzen wie die Neonicotinoide töten allerdings nicht nur Schädlinge, sondern schädigen auch Bienen. Das ZDF hat bei Recherchen nach eigenen Angaben ermittelt, dass manche Giftstoffe längst hätten verboten werden müssen. Am Mittwoch, 30. Oktober 2019, berichtete „ZDFzoom“ ab 22.45 Uhr über „BAYER, Bauern und die Bienen - Ein Konzern unter Druck“.

Api e neonicotinoidi: gli insetticidi vietati contaminano ancora i campi europei

Nonostante la moratoria europea del 2013 sull’uso all’aperto, e la successiva conferma in senso restrittivo e permanente (a eccezione delle serre) del 2018, i neonicotinoidi clotianidina, imidacloprid e thiamethoxam sono ancora molto presenti sui terreni del vecchio continente e, in particolare, su quelli francesi, dove questi insetticidi sono stati vietati del tutto nel 2018 per tutelare le api e gli altri insetti impollinatori.

Bees and pesticide regulation: Lessons from the neonicotinoid experience

Neonicotinoid insecticides have been signaled as an important driver of widespread declines in bee diversity and abundance. Neonicotinoids were registered in the 1990s and by 2010 accounted for one third of the global insecticide market. Following a moratorium in 2013, their use on open-field crops was completely banned in the EU in 2018. Pesticide regulation should be based on solid and updated scientific evidence, whereby products showing unacceptable effects on the environment are not approved.

Frankreich: Forscher finden Neonikotinoide im Rapsnektar

Forscher haben im Nektar von Raps Rückstände von Neonikotinoiden gefunden. Es verdichteten sich die Hinweise, dass sich die Mittel lange in der Umwelt halten und auch weiträumig verbreiten können. Der Nektar von Raps kann offenbar weiterhin mit neonikotinoiden Wirkstoffen belastet sein, auch wenn für diese Kultur seit 2013 ein Anwendungsverbot gilt.

MEPs call for reduction in use of pesticides

MEPs call on the Commission to beef up its Pollinators Initiative and to come up with new measures to protect bees and other pollinators. In a resolution adopted on Wednesday, Parliament welcomes the EU Pollinators Initiative, but highlights that, as it stands, it fails to protect bees and other pollinators from some of the many causes of their decline, including intensive farming, pesticides, climate change, land-use changes, loss of habitat and invasive species.

Neonicotinoids and bees: Despite EU moratorium, insecticides still detectable

Since 2013, a European Union moratorium has restricted the application of three neonicotinoids to crops that attract bees because of the harmful effects they are deemed to have on these insects. Yet researchers have just demonstrated that residues of these insecticides can still be detected in rape nectar from 48% of the plots of studied fields, their concentrations varying greatly over the years.